Ugh, I’m conflicted. As discussed, Supergirl reacting to ice cream is probably the best thing I’ll see on TV this year. But everything that [I]wasn’t[/I] the delightful chemistry between Barry and Kara was horrible. If not for Barry and Kara together this would probably be the worst episode of the season.
I thought maybe this was a different Livewire actress too. She looked like John Malkovich in greasy paint and a bad wig. And I guess if I knew my DC history better I would’ve known Siobhân was going to turn out to be Silver Banshee, but I didn’t know that’s where things were headed until this episode (well, the very end of the previous episode) and it was a terrible decision. Silver Banshee is way too over the top and comic-booky for the mildly tragic buildup and relationship with Wynn that they gave Siobhân on the show.
Both Flash and Supergirl (the shows) have demonstrated an ability to embrace the sillier elements of their comic book history and successfully translate it to their shows, it’s not like it couldn’t be done, they just screwed it up this time.
And as for chemistry, Banshee and Livewire certainly had none with each other. So yeah. [I]Terrible[/I] villains, and then terrible plotting around pulling everything together, including the too-easy and on the nose redemption for Supergirl with the city.
I wonder if this was in part because the crossover possibility wasn’t a reality until pretty late in the production for the season; maybe they had to move things around and force some things to make it work with what they had time and room in their stories for.
To anyone who gave up on the show early on, I’d urge you not to let this episode discourage you. Watch the show (in order) up through episode 7. If you’re not on board then, fair enough. And it can be uneven, sure. But Melissa Benoist and the other parts of the show that they manage to nail every couple episodes are worth the ride. I really hope no Flash fans tuned in for the first time and decided to keep avoiding it.